Adultery! Windows Phone+Mac=SIN
Seems like it anyway, but I’m now a Mac convert and have no Windows PCs in my household anymore. As such, I ventured to explore how well the HTC HD7 would perform on a Mac.
I was initially wondering how it would sync, considering it typically syncs with Zune software on a PC. The Microsoft website had no reference to syncing with Macs from the Help and How-to sections. How biased!
After researching a bit more, there is a software called Windows Phone 7 Connector (for Mac) – Beta that will do the job. It’s amazing because it serves as an intermediary between the Windows Phone and tadaaa… your native iTunes! The process becomes slightly more clunky, as you need to manage both your iTunes data and the settings on this connector software.
What Windows Phone 7 Connector can sync
Music, Photos & Videos, Movies & TV Shows, Podcasts
What Windows Phone 7 Connector cannot sync
Contacts, iCal, Notes
* To sync contacts and calendars, you will need to use the cloud. This will be covered in another blog post soon.
The interface for the Windows Phone 7 Connector looks very much like a regular Mac software – almost as if it were made by Apple!
The software allows you to seamlessly sync with your iPhoto library, if you use it. I don’t use iLife, so never shelled out money for it.
All videos in iTunes are automatically displayed, allowing me a choice of which ones I’d like to transfer. Check the videos you want, and you’re done.
I listen to podcasts, and once again, I have the option to either sync all, or select them one by one.
The overall experience was fairly painless, once you know how to manage it and I’m quite impressed, except for the fact syncing contacts and iCal require the usage of the cloud.